The Ultrafan Project

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 21, 2021, © Leeham News: Rolls-Royce launched the Ultrafan in 2014, a project to develop next-generation geared turbofan engines. The engine OEM has been working on that project ever since. The… Read More

The A350, Part 9: The A350-1000 versus 777-300ER

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction   March 11, 2021, © Leeham News: Last week, we started analyzing the Airbus A350-1000 and compared it with the Boeing 777-300ER. We now fly the airplanes on a demanding route, close to… Read More

The A350, Part 1: Intro and A350-800

Subscription Required By Vincent Valery Introduction Dec. 17, 2020, © Leeham News: After running a series on the Dreamliner, LNA will now start a series on Airbus’ latest-generation twin-aisle aircraft, the A350. Airbus should deliver its 400th A350… Read More

Pontifications: bleak near- to mid-term future for Rolls-Royce engine unit

June 15, 2020, © Leeham News: The jet engine division of Rolls-Royce faces an uncertain future because of its own problems, exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on commercial airlines. Beset by problems with its Trent 1000, Boeing… Read More

Airbus’ disadvantages in widebody campaigns

Subscription Required Introduction Oct. 29, 2018, © Leeham Co.: Airbus faces a key disadvantage when it comes to winning current wide-body campaigns against Boeing. The disadvantage is entirely out of its control. It’s not about whether the A330neo… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner; Turbofan engine challenges; Part 6

December 08, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: We have now come to the turbine in our trip through a modern turbofan.  The turbines make up the rear of the engine, before the propelling nozzle. The turbines are the workhorses in… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Turbofan engine challenges, Part 3

November 12, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In our trip through a modern turbofan airliner engine and its technologies, we looked last week at the engine intake and the fan. We now continue with the compressor parts. As compressors and… Read More

Bjorn’s corner; Turbofan engine challenges; Part 2

November 04, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: We will now start to go through a modern turbofan airliner engine and look at the technologies which are used and what are their technical challenges. We will start today with the engine… Read More

Airbus exploring higher capacity A350

By Bjorn Fehrm 23 March 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus is showing a select group of airlines a stretched version of the A350-1000. The idea is to get enough feedback from potential customers so that a decision to… Read More

Looking ahead in 2015 in commercial aviation

Here’s a visualization of events to look for in commercial aviation in 2015.